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Making Video Management
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Celebrating their 20th anniversary, Genetec is one of the largest open-architecture providers of unified video management software in the world and the largest provider of this solution to retailers in North America. Scott Thomas, Global Director of Market Development for Retail & Banking, explains why Genetec's solution has become the platform of choice for so many retailers, and what the connection is between the physical security world and the threats retailers face in cyberspace.
 


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2017 GLPS - Group LP Selfies
Your Team - Your Pride - Our Industry
Building Industry Pride - One Team Selfie at a Time

Dick's Sporting Goods Loss Prevention Team at their LP Picnic, hosted by Vice President, David Lund

"Every Season Starts at Dick's Sporting Goods"

Pictured, left to right: Top: Steve Morand, Manager of Investigations; Jih-Hao Cheng, Regional Director- West; Michael Jackson, Regional Director - Southeast; Howard del Aguila, Regional Director - Mid-Atlantic; Keith Hunter, Regional Director - South Atlantic; Jake Gillette, Director LP Operations: Chase Frederick, Manager LP Operations; Pete Barker, Manager Omni-Channel Fraud; Tommy Conaway, Regional Director - Mountain; Brian Brunker, DLPM Salt Lake City; Tanesha Minney, LP Manager Compliance & Audit.

Bottom: Denny DeMarcy, Senior Director LP; Kevin Dodson, Director LP; Andrea Guthrie, Manager LP Operations; Ken Parsons, Regional Director - Ohio Valley; Ron Clayton, Regional Director - Central; Josh Meins, DLPM Alabama; David Lund, VP
 


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Q2 & First Half 2017 Senior Loss Prevention/Asset Protection Jobs Report

38 LP/AP Executives Filled Q2 2017's Senior Roles - Down 22% Q2 '16
1 Promotion to Senior Vice President
20 New LP/AP Pyramid Heads - Down 35% Q2 '16
17 Senior Support Leaders Named in Q2 -
Down 5% Q2 '16

Obviously the majority of the drop was in new pyramid heads, which could reflect a number of issues.

From job eliminations and consolidations, such was the case at Office Depot this quarter, and is continuing the trend we've regretfully seen over the last year or so, with Talbots, Ann Inc., Vitamin Shoppe, Hudson's Bay/Sakes Fifth Ave., Ascena division Director roles, The Bon Ton, Regis, Dollar Express and others eliminating top jobs, merging divisions and in one case eliminating virtually the entire department at Regis Salons. This is obviously having a huge impact on the LP/AP job market.

Some other factors that could be affecting the market: strong individual performance, to retail America's total focus being on surviving the Amazon effect and just not addressing the service side of the business, to a reluctance to incur the expense of hiring a new senior leader. Or it's just a reflection of the shrinking retail brick and mortar market, which plays into it more than any other factor in my opinion.

But top job eliminations leads the way this first half, especially with the senior support roles only decreasing 5%.

This suggests that while retail America is cutting top line budgets, out of necessity, they're still focused on corporate support and field performance.

With this many happening in such a short time period, relatively speaking, one has to wonder if the top consulting houses are driving this process, as it's a significant almost industry-wide trend that is lowering the ceiling for the industry. Especially given the fact that these jobs weren't replaced and the functions responsibilities were in many cases assigned to the next level down executive or spread out to multiple lower level positions. In one regard offering great opportunities for those executives. Regardless, the overall ceiling has lowered.

One noteworthy and very positive development was Total Wine & More promoting John Velke to Senior Vice President Risk Management.

However, we did see the top two retailers in America named new leaders at Wal-Mart and Kroger this quarter, with Kroger elevating the job to a vice president level, the first in its history.

Then we have six promotions to top pyramid heads at Amazon Logistics, Amazon NACF, Sherwin Williams, Game Stop, Little Caesar's, and The Coffee Bean and Tea, with then having fifteen new appointments at Raley's, Harbor Freight, DFASS Group, and Bartell Drugs, to name just a few.

At the senior support role, we saw ten Director-level appointments, with eleven promotions and six new appointments in total, with only a five percent drop in total over Q2 2016.

First Half 2017
100 LP/AP Executives Filled New Senior Roles - Up 7%
57 New LP/AP Pyramid Heads - Up 7.5%
43 Senior Support Leaders Named - Up 7.5%

Obviously, the first quarter drove these numbers up, with retailers reacting quickly at the beginning of the year to fill their LP/AP jobs.

With Macy's (8) and Ascena's (4) reorganizations impacting Q1 for a total of twelve jobs, it was the busiest first quarter we've seen and it carried the half back up, as the second quarter looks like the bottom dropped out. Taking those twelve jobs out of the total, we have a 5% decline, as they were not new jobs per se. Just a reshuffling.

CVS Health, Ascena Retail Group, Meijer's, Weis Markets, Rexall Drug in Canada, Denny's, Eddie Bauer, The Body Shop, AC Moore, Coinstar, Calgary Co-Op, and Things Remembered all named new senior pyramid head leaders in the first quarter of 2017. With Wal-Mart and Kroger following in the second quarter.

In the first half of this year, three of the top seven retailers in North America named new LP/AP leaders.


Barcelona Hit by Terrorism as Van Rams Pedestrians
A van driver smashed into a bustling commercial center in the heart of Barcelona Thursday, killing at least one person and injuring scores more.

The bloodshed took place on the popular Las Ramblas boulevard lined with shops and restaurants, adding Spain to the list of other European countries experiencing similar vehicle attacks in recent months. wwd.com

Van Hits Pedestrians in Barcelona, Killing at Least 13 & injuring 50 in Terror Attack in heart of tourist district

CEC Stands Resolute in Its Stance That Everyone Deserves a Second Chance
This is a sad day for Californians. For five years, Corrective Education Company has partnered with local law enforcement to provide a cost-effective diversion program that has produced excellent results by removing 10,000 people from the criminal justice system. Shoplifting is a gateway crime. Between 60-80 percent of those who go through the criminal justice system reoffend, however our recidivism rate is less than 2 percent. Our program costs less than resolving a red-light ticket in the City of San Francisco and prevents people from a lifelong scarlet letter that hinders them from getting a job, a mortgage or renting an apartment.

We are shocked and dismayed at Tuesday's ruling regarding our business operations in California. Currently more than 130,000 people are behind bars and thousands of cases clog the legal system daily. Given Tuesday's decision, it is likely that police will be inundated with calls from retailers, as a result.

California has typically been a progressive leader for restorative justice. We believe this ruling goes against the values of Californians. We are disheartened for our partners and even more importantly for those Californians who face a lifelong scarlet letter because of one bad choice. We stand resolute in our belief that everyone deserves a second chance. correctiveeducation.com

Post merger, Johnson Controls emerges even stronger
Company has greater depth of expertise, resources on products and integration

Since the Tyco-Johnson Controls merger was completed in September 2016, the two security giants have joined forces to become an industry powerhouse, leveraging the combined brands to provide innovation on both the product and integration side of the business.

Security Systems News
caught up with Hank Monaco, VP, marketing, Building Solutions-North America, Johnson Controls, who has 17 years of experience with the legacy Tyco businesses. Monaco said that a major post-merger undertaking, and one that proved very beneficial, was the process of integrating two very large companies with such strong brand recognition. securitysystemsnews.com

Johnson Controls enhances user experience, functionality of flagship video solutions
Johnson Controls' newest version of its victor Unified Video Management Systems and VideoEdge Network Video Recorders from American Dynamics, provides a transformed, contemporary user interface and new detection and analytics features for increased visibility of the security environment. With victor/VideoEdge 5.0, the updated feature set includes license plate-recognition, perimeter detection, edge-based SD-card failover redundancy and several other advanced surveillance features, delivering greater and faster command and control capabilities. tycosecurityproducts.com

Big Brother is Watching
UK Retailers 'Blacklisting' Known Shoplifters with Facial Recognition

Facial recognition software has already been adopted by retailers across the UK, and is set to become ever more common as the technology becomes more advanced and more affordable.

Retailers now hold and exercise the ability to recognise your face (whether you are smiling or frowning), your age and gender, and perhaps most importantly whether you have been in store before.

Records of your face can be stored and shared to third party companies who process the data and produce shopper insights - gold dust to large retailers.

Currently the data is being used in three key areas.

The first is the voluntary side, where for instance someone with a gambling problem can sign himself up be "blacklisted" and disallowed into betting shops. This can also work with voluntary "whitelisting" where a frequenter to a local luxury store can have their favorite coffee made as soon as they enter.

Ethical concerns arise on the nonvoluntary side. Blacklisting known shoplifters is an invaluable attribute, but retailers now have the potential to recognise big spenders and send assistants to ensure they're treated above and beyond the average browser.

The third is what's referred to as profiling, where retailers will establish your name, gender and age based on your facial features. Although your data is retained, it is anoymised. Your name is not important to the retailer, just your information. retailgazette.co.uk

Lawsuit revived over Apple retail workers' pay during security checks
Dispute has widespread ramifications about pay for time spent in security checks
Should Apple retail workers in California be paid for time spent having their purses, backpacks and other belongings checked to make sure they didn't steal any of Cupertino's goods-after they have punched out?

Lawyers for the class-action lawsuit representing thousands of Apple retail workers in California appealed that 2015 decision to the San Francisco-based 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals. On Wednesday, the appeals court said it couldn't come to any conclusion in a dispute that the court said had widespread ramifications for California workers who go through security checks at companies like Marshalls, Nordstrom, Federal Express, Best Buy, and other workplaces. The federal appeals court said the answer to whether California wage laws apply to time spent on security checks should be decided by the California Supreme Court.

So the appeals court on Wednesday asked the state Supreme Court to weigh in. It's a rare practice for the nation's appeals courts to request-in what is known as a certified question-that the top courts in states interpret controversial issues involving state law.

In short, the suit claims that Apple retail employees spend as much as 20 minutes off the clock having their bags searched to combat employee theft every time they leave work. Apple claims that the searches only take seconds and that they are not "required" for workers who don't bring purses, backpacks, briefcases, or other bags to work. Apple retail workers, in a 2012 letter to Apple chief Tim Cook, said the policy amounted to treating employees like "criminals."

Workers in California enjoy more employee-friendly regulations than those of the federal government or many other states. The US Supreme Court, for example, ruled in 2014 that warehouse workers for Amazon.com in Nevada could be forced to spend as much as 25 minutes off the clock to undergo security screenings at the end of their shift. arstechnica.com

Settlement Reached in C.I.A. Torture Case/ "Enhanced Interrogation Techniques"
A settlement in the lawsuit against two psychologists who helped devise the Central Intelligence Agency's brutal interrogation program was announced on Thursday, bringing to an end an unusual effort to hold individuals accountable for the techniques the agency adopted after the Sept. 11 attacks.

The plaintiffs said that Drs. Jessen and Mitchell, former military psychologists, profited from their work as contractors for the C.I.A. The men received up to $1,800 a day and later formed a company that was paid about $81 million to help operate the interrogation program over several years. Those contracts included indemnity agreements, stating that the United States government agreed to pay their legal fees and the amount of any judgment or fine. nytimes.com

EMEA cargo theft up significantly in Q2 - up 61%
A total of 943 incidences of cargo theft were recorded in the Europe, the Middle East and Africa region during the second quarter of 2017 by the SensiGuard Supply Chain Intelligence Center, a sharp uptick from the 586 incidents during the same 2016 period.

The total value of the stolen was $74.3 million. Overwhelming majority, $14.7 million was reportedly cash in transit. Second-highest value-wise was electronics ($244,000), followed by food and drinks ($235,000). The top five countries: The United Kingdom, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium and Sweden. The UK had a reported 400 incidents, compared to 147 in Q2 2016. americanshipper.com

Trump NYC Visit Impacts Midtown Shopping
Retailers, Shoppers Navigate Heightened Security

New York City Police, secret service and other special forces stationed along Fifth Avenue outnumbered shoppers Wednesday morning. Shoppers bound for Prada, Henri Bendel, Abercrombie & Fitch and other stores near Trump Tower had to ask for permission from police to gain access.

Navigating past the multiple barricades and checkpoints was time-consuming and circuitous for many. Retail employees and other Midtown staffers also had their work cut out for them trying to get to their destinations. The entire block in front of Abercrombie & Fitch was lined with NYPD vans. In order to get to the Fifth Avenue entrance, shoppers had to ask permission from police officers stationed on a nearby corner. That was also the case for others like Henri Bendel, Prada and Mikimoto. Some retailers were closed for a few hours Tuesday, when the president spoke with media in Trump Tower. wwd.com

Texas Panel Clears Academy Ltd. In Selling Gun Used In Shooting
A Texas appellate court on Tuesday sided with sporting goods store Academy Ltd., dismissing a lawsuit that alleged it was negligent in completing a background check and selling a shotgun that was later used in a homicide, holding the store complied with state and federal requirements. law360.com

Director, Asset Protection Goodwill Easter Seals Company - Location Saint Paul, MN
The Director of Asset Protection is responsible for providing strategic leadership to the Asset Protection team. This position is responsible for minimizing the financial losses of the organization's operations related to theft, vandalism, accident, and injury. startwire.com

RILA Announces (R)Tech Retail CEO Innovation Awards

TJX to open 260 stores this year

It's Official Sycamore to sell Staples U.S. & Canadian retail businesses


Quarterly Same Store Sales Results

Spartan Nash retail segment comp's up 1.8%, total comp. sales up 3.7%
Walmart Q2 U.S. comp's up 1.8%, revenue up 2.1%
L Brands Q2 consolidated comp's down 8%, sales down 4.7%
    Victoria's Secret comp's down 11%, sales down 14%
    Bath & Body comp's up 4%, sales up 6%

 

Follow the Megatrends at Retail Risk - New York

What does the future hold for retail loss prevention?

A diverse panel of industry leaders will be telling LP professionals their fortunes at the Retail Risk - New York conference on September 14th, 2017.

The participants in this crystal ball gazing session will be discussing "Megatrends in Loss Prevention". Big changes are guaranteed, they will agree.

The five panelists will bring decades of experience and a variety of viewpoints to the question. They are:

Brand L. Elverston, until recently Director, Asset Protection Strategic Initiatives at Walmart
Gregg Smith, Sr. Director, Asset Protection at Five Below
Chad McIntosh, Vice President of LP & Risk Management with the premier department store chain Bloomingdale's
Matthew J. Haughton, Assistant Vice President-Corporate Security, L'Oreal USA
And Arditi Halili, Global Loss Prevention analyst, Swarovski

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Stanley Black & Decker Opens STANLEY Security Headquarters in Fishers, Ind.

FISHERS, Ind., Aug. 10, 2017 - Stanley Black & Decker today announced the grand opening of its STANLEY Security North America headquarters in Fishers, Indiana. The $16 million, 80,000-square-foot facility will house 350 STANLEY Security employees who will be brought together in one building from various locations throughout the Greater Indianapolis area. STANLEY Security is an approximately $2 billion provider of electronic security solutions with more than 9,000 employees.

"Today is an important milestone in the continued growth and evolution of our Security business and we are excited to bring our employees together here in one location in Indiana, where we have maintained a strong presence for nearly two decades," said Jim Loree, President & CEO of Stanley Black & Decker. "This state-of-the-art headquarters will provide a powerful new springboard from which to grow the Security business and develop the innovative security technologies of the future.

"The project could not have been completed without the help and financial assistance from the town of Fishers, as well as partnership from the County, State and Indiana Economic Development Corporation," said Loree, "and we want to thank everyone involved for their assistance on this project."

"As a leader in the security industry, we're thrilled to have STANLEY Security's new headquarters officially open for business in Fishers," said Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness. "The vision for Fishers leading in economic progress as a smart, vibrant and entrepreneurial city continues to grow momentum as the I-69 corridor builds out with great companies such as STANLEY establishing roots in our community."

The new headquarters will evolve into a showcase of the world's latest security products and services, and includes features and amenities designed to attract and retain the most high-caliber, talented employees in the area.

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The Day of Reckoning: Cybercrime's Impact on Brand
Why the security industry needs to invest in architecture that defends against reputational damage as well as other, more traditional threats

American cyberspace has become a brave new world. The second quarter of 2017 ushered in a wave of cyber attacks, many of which directly impacted the operational and reputational risk of multinational corporations. FedEx Corp, Danish shipping company AP Moller-Maersk S/A are among six corporations which reported financial damage from cyber attacks last quarter, according to the Poneman Institute, which also projects collateral damage associated with these attacks will surpass the cost of the loss of customer data by year end. 

This new face of cybercrime directly impacts a corporation's reputation. Recently Oxford Economics, which studied severe breaches at 65 listed companies, found that breaches tend to lead to share prices falling by an average of 1.8%.  

Major breaches over the past decade have also forced a consensus that compliance with security standards does not equate to cybersecurity. Consequently, security awareness within the C-suite is paramount for mitigating cyber-risk. darkreading.com

BYOD Drives Increase in Insider Threats
Over three-fifths of IT professionals believe that insider threats are more difficult to spot than attacks by malicious third parties, with the explosion in mobile endpoints a key challenge, according to Dtex.

The security vendor polled over 400 IT pros to compile its 2017 Threat Monitoring, Detection & Response Report.

Nearly half (48%) claimed that detecting and mitigating insider threats is one of the top two challenges facing IT security teams today, with 51% claiming that the threat grew last year.

In total, just 6% said that detecting internal attacks is easier than spotting external threats, highlighting the scale of the challenge facing security teams.

Most insider threats come about not as the result of a determined employee, but negligence, the report found. Nearly two-thirds (64%) of respondents cited inadvertent data breach/compromise as their top insider concern.

The challenge is compounded by an increasingly mobile workforce that can connect to the corporate network via their BYOD mobiles.

Some 55% of survey respondents claimed this to be behind a rise in insider attacks over the past year, followed by 51% who pointed to data leaving the network perimeter via mobile devices and web access.

The bad news is that less than a third (30%) said they felt confident in their organization's insider threat security posture, and just 37% in their organization's overall security posture. infosecurity-magazine.com

Consumer Advocates Say Target Data Breach Deal Excludes Millions
Consumer advocates on Tuesday urged the Eighth Circuit to reverse a $10 million class action settlement stemming from the 2013 Target Corp. data breach, arguing that it unfairly excludes millions and forces consumers who had their financial data stolen to extinguish their claims in exchange for nothing. law360.com

Insider Threats Loom Large for Security Pros
When it comes to insider threats, 61% of infosec professionals consider it more difficult to detect and prevent these attacks than external ones, according to Crowd Research Partners' 2017 Threat Monitoring, Detection and Response report released this week.

The survey, which queried 400 cybersecurity professionals, found 51% believe internal threats are on the rise over last year, with 61% of respondents attributing them to inadvertent breaches. User training is the leading method among 57% of the survey respondents for tackling insider threats, the survey found.

Slightly more than half of survey respondents point to sensitive data linked to personal devices as the catalyst driving the rise in attacks overall, according to the survey.

Meanwhile, the survey found that 30% of respondents say their organization's policies and practices are adequate in dealing with insider threats. As for an organization's overall security posture, 37% of survey respondents believe their companies are well situated. darkreading.com

Should drones be used for data collection in addition to deliveries?
While delivery services and regulators are still trying to figure out the details of safe drone delivery, Amazon.com is already thinking about what data the drones can collect while dropping off packages.

Amazon has patented technology that allows a drone to scan and collect data from houses it passes on its flight path, according to Inc. Among the hypothetical uses for the technology are notifying customers about a damaged roof on their home or recommending a service to attend to sick-looking trees in a yard. The patent suggests text, email and on-site notification as viable ways to communicate the findings to the customer. retailwire.com

Senior Director Information Security for Century 21 Department Stores, Secaucus, N.J.
The Senior Director of information security officer is the head of IT security, driving the IT security strategy and implementation forward whilst protecting the business from security threats and cyber-hacking. Operational compliance to all PCI, ISO and other standards and regulations is the responsibility of the Senior director this is a senior role and will commonly involve directing a team and reporting to the chief information officer (CIO). kronostm.com

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Alibaba Beats Estimates With 56% Rise in First-Quarter Revenues
Its retail business led the surge, where luxury fashion is now a core focus

In a Thursday earnings briefing, the company announced revenue rose to $7.51 billion, for the three months ended June 30, delivering $2.07 billion, in profit. E-Commerce accounts for 15 percent of total retail in China," Tsai said. "That still leaves 85 percent of retail that is off-line.

"Imagine a store where you can pick items from the shelf, and at the same time, purchase other items not from the shelf, but from your mobile phone. And then you tell the store to send everything you just bought to your home because you need to go catch a movie....That's the kind of spontaneity, convenience and speed that modern-day consumers are going to expect." wwd.com

Online Retailer Pleads Guilty in Price-Fixing Conspiracy Effectuated
Through Social Media

Azim Makanojiya founded Zaappaaz Inc. as a nineteen-year-old university student and quickly turned it into a multi-million dollar business.

WHAT HAPPENED:

• On Tuesday, August 7, online retailer Zaappaaz Inc. and its twenty-nine-year-old president and founder, Azim Makanojiya, agreed to plead guilty for conspiring to fix the prices of "customized promotional products" such as silicone wristbands and lanyards.

• According to an Information filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, the company "engaged in a conspiracy with other persons and entities engaged in the sale of customized promotional products," which was carried out in part "via text and online messaging platforms." The alleged conspirators reportedly used social media platforms Facebook, Skype and WhatsApp to coordinate their price-fixing efforts. lexology.com

US online retail posts its largest gain in five years
The e-commerce industry had an especially good quarter in Q2, as more than 12% of total retail spending occurred on the web, according to an Internet Retailer analysis of U.S. Commerce Department figures released this morning.

U.S. e-commerce sales reached $105.10 billion in the second quarter, a 16.3% jump compared with $90.40 billion in the second quarter of 2016. That's the highest year-over-year increase in online retail sales since the first quarter of 2012, when e-commerce sales increased 16.8% over the prior-year quarter. digitalcommerce360.com

QVC: Real-Time Data is the Future of ECommerce

States offer a sales tax amnesty program for marketplace sellers

Target rings up more than $700 million in online sales in Q2

Q2 Online transactions surged 60% for Walmart

Ace Hardware online sales grew 61% in Q2

British Online Retailer Avenue 32 Shuts Operations







Laredo, TX: C-Store Manager Arrested for cash theft; store suffered a $78,000 shortage
A convenience store employee is arrested for allegedly stealing money from the store. Back on June 9th, officers were called out to Stripes where a store manager and a loss prevention specialist reported that one of their employees was stealing money from one of their stores. According to a Stripes manager, they had conducted an investigation and found a shortage of funds. After looking into their financial records, they found that they had a shortage of $78,876.82, which was managed by Amelia Zebadua. Once the manager discovered the missing funds, he looked at surveillance footage and saw that Zebadua had been counting the funds and placing them in the deposit bag, but she had been missing substantial amounts in cash. According to reports, Zebadua allegedly used fictitious financial reports in order to cover the funds that she had allegedly stole.
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Las Vegas, NV: Two arrested in 7 Cell Phone store Robberies; stealing over $18,000 in merchandise
Antonio Diggs, 30, and John Jordan, 25, robbed seven local phone stores from July 17 to Aug. 10, their arrest reports state. the pair stole 38 phones, iPads and other electronics. The reports state neither man drew a weapon during the robberies, but were not stopped by employees because they appeared "aggressive and confident."
reviewjournal.com


Greensburg, PA: Pittsburgh couple bust with Booster Bag and $3,350 of
stolen merchandise

Earl M. Davis and Taelyn T. Rose, both 18, of Pittsburgh were charged with receiving stolen property and possessing instruments of theft after police discovered the clothing in the trunk of Davis' car. Police are taking an inventory of the clothing to determine the stores where the items were stolen.
triblive.com

Orange County, CA: Police searching for woman suspected of stealing more than $2,000 worth of baby formula
A San Diego man was arrested after police say he stole nearly $800 in baby formula from an Anaheim store, and now authorities are investigating similar thefts. Irvine police Wednesday asked for the public's help to identify a woman who stole baby formula from Target stores across Orange County. Two suspects stole about $300 in formula from a Target in Irvine about 10 a.m., May 18. Another theft occurred at a Target a day before in Mission Viejo, and the suspects in that heist got away with $1,000 worth of formula. Also on May 18, nearly $800 in formula was stolen from an Anaheim store, and Sajaunte Maurice Burks, 23, of San Diego, was arrested, Police said.
ocregister.com

Greensburg, PA: Police searching for 4 in Carter's store theft
Police are searching for four suspects in connection with a theft in a baby clothing store in Westmoreland County. Police said Carter's, which sells baby clothing, was stolen from Saturday afternoon at its location in Greensburg. Four women, who police believe were working together, entered the store on Greengate Centre Circle at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. They appeared to shop around for miscellaneous items for a few minutes while each woman spread out in the store to cover a large area "and make it harder to observe," police said. Police said the employees were afraid to approach the women because of their "aggressiveness." wpxi.com

Riverside, CA: Police arrest target of ORC Task Force investigation
Riverside police arrested a 30-year-old Moreno Valley resident on suspicion of grand theft and burglary Tuesday, Aug. 15, in connection with a series of retail thefts in Riverside and San Bernardino counties During the arrest of Richard Barrozo, officers recovered numerous stolen merchandise items belonging to various department stores and seized specific tools used to commit the thefts. Items included clothing from Marshalls and T.J. Maxx. While investigating a recent retail theft case at a Canyon Springs area department store, police learned from employees in a department store theft task force that they were looking for the same suspect.
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Victoria, TX: Jerrod Leshawn Dean, 28, of Victoria, arrested by officers Aug. 14 on warrants charging him with Organized Retail Theft less than $2,500 and five Class C misdemeanors

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Assault, Shootings & Death

Update - Fresno, CA: 3 juveniles arrested, 3 wanted in connection with deadly jewelry store robbery
Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer held a news conference to provide updates on the murder of Christopher Leon. Chief Dyer said there were a total of six people in the car the night Leon was killed. Three went inside the store and three stayed in the car. After taking a tray of jewelry from the store, Christopher Leon's step-father ran down the one with the jewelery in the parking lot. Leon told his step-father not to hurt the suspect because he was a juvenile. He is actually 18-years-old. Leon was holding the man on the ground when he pulled a gun and shot Leon in the head. bakersfieldnow.com

Las Vegas, NV: 1 shot in stomach in Chinatown area shopping center
The incident occurred at about 5 p.m. at Feature Sneaker Boutique, in the Chinatown area. Police said witnesses saw two people enter a shoe store there. A few minutes later, three other men walked in. A fight broke out. During the fight, one man showed a gun and later pulled it out and fired it twice, hitting a male victim. The three men then fled the store in a red vehicle, Metro Police said. The victim was taken to University Medical Center, police said. He is expected to survive. fox5vegas.com


Miramar, FL: Man buys knife at Publix, uses it to threaten store manager
Police circulated a video showing the suspect paying for the knife, and then taking it out of the packaging. Police say he later threatened the store manager while leaving the store. cbs12.com

San Francisco, CA: Update: Guard arrested after shooting at Burlington Coat store; 4 shots fired at shoplifter
A security guard at the Burlington Coat Factory in San Francisco was arrested after reportedly shooting a man Tuesday at the store's entrance, police said. The guard, 42, confronted the man about 2:35 p.m. and a fight ensued. The victim was shot in the leg and transported to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Two witnesses, one inside the store at Fifth and Howard streets and one outside, said they heard four shots, with at least one hitting the 32-year-old victim. sfgate.com

Explosion, Fire & Arson

Man arrested in connection to explosions at McDonald's and Advance Auto
Orange County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested 55-year-old Kenneth Capo late Tuesday for last month's explosion at an Orlando-area McDonald's restaurant. No one was hurt. Capo faces charges of possession and discharging of a destructive device. The sheriff's office says while investigating the explosion at the restaurant, they discovered Capo was involved in another incident with an explosive. Authorities say the second detonation took place outside an auto parts store last month. No one was injured, and the front of the store had only minor damage. wkbw.com


Somerset, KY: Fire at Kroger Marketplace ruled arson
The Kroger Marketplace in Somerset was closed Thursday morning due to a fire. The fire happened in the store's potato chip aisle Wednesday evening. Chief Tyler Jasper of the Somerset Fire Department says surveillance video shows arson is the cause of the fire. Workers spent Thursday morning throwing out product affected by the fire. The store is expected to reopen on Thursday. wkyt.com
 

Robberies & Thefts

Franklin, TN: 16 year old Shoplifting suspect Arrested, tried to Run Over
Police Officer

A shoplifter who used a stolen car to wreck four police cars and tried running over a Franklin Police Officer last week is in custody. The arrest took place this morning at the 16-year-old's Nashville high school. On Thursday night, 08/10/2017, Franklin PD located an unoccupied stolen car in the parking lot of the Academy Sports on Mallory Lane. The stolen car was believed to have been driven there by two earlier shoplifting suspects. As officers approached the suspects who were re-entering that stolen car, the driver crashed into four police cars and nearly ran over a Franklin Police Officer during her dangerous getaway. Officers were later stunned to learn she is only sixteen. williamsonsource.com


Santa Ana, CA: Detectives looking to identify robber in multiple thefts at phone stores
Santa Ana police asked for the public's help today in tracking down a serial robber suspected of at least four heists at phone stores. The suspect uses a black, plastic rolling tote box to haul his loot in the takeover-style robberies, according to Santa Ana police. The suspect last hit the Verizon Wireless store on East 17th on Aug. 10. The man ordered the victims to get on the floor of the rear inventory room while he loaded his tote with cellphones, tablets and cash. ktla.com

Marietta, GA: 3 Gang Members Get 20 Years For Burglarizing Gun Shop
The trio, members of the Bloods street gang, were busted in July 2016 after neighbors reported hearing loud, "jackhammer-type noises" coming from the vicinity of the Deercreek Gun Shop. The three men were set to get away with an assortment of about 35 firearms, but had trouble getting out of the shop; one of them fired into the front door in hopes of getting it to open, but by then Marietta officers were on the scene. patch.com

Anchorage, AK: Retailers report Surge in Shoplifting, blaming Senate Bill 91 reforms passed last year
Some store owners around Anchorage say they're frustrated by an uptick in shoplifting in their businesses - and the Anchorage Police Department's lack of response. John Staser, co-owner of Mountain View Sports says he believes it stems, in part, from Senate Bill 91 - a criminal justice reform bill passed by lawmakers last year that eliminates jail time for some offenses. District Attorney Clint Campion agrees that's part of the problem. "The deterrent value is not really there, and people believe that they can commit crimes, including up to felony thefts, including vehicle thefts, without really any consequence," Campion said, who was a victim of theft himself earlier this month. ktva.com

Melbourne, FL: 11 arrested in warrant sweep targeting convenience stores

Austin, MN: Former GameStop employee pleads guilty to cash theft over $2,500

Kay Jewelers in the North Star Mall, San Antonio, TX reported a Grab & Run on 8/16, item valued at $2,799

Kay Jewelers in the Westfield Montgomery Mall, Bethesda, MD reported a Grab & Run on 8/16, item valued at $3,499

Kay Jewelers in the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas, NV reported a Grab & Run on 8/16, item valued at $34,000

Pagoda in the Broward Mall, Plantation, FL reported a Grab & Run on 8/16, item valued at $1,049

 

Skimming Theft Update

Harrisburg, PA: Lawmaker calls for ban on sale, possession of card skimmers
A Pennsylvania lawmaker has a new plan to fight thieves who steal banking information from credit and debit cards. Rep. Kristin Hill (R-York) has introduced legislation that would make it illegal to buy, have, or use a skimming device.

"Possessing a skimmer is not against the law, even though that device is only used to defraud people," Hill said. Thieves use skimmers at gas station pumps and ATMs. Police say it's easy and legal to buy the devices online. "If a local law enforcement officer makes a routine vehicle stop and a person has a skimming device, it's not illegal for them to possess it," Hill said.

Hill plans to introduce the bill when lawmakers reconvene in the fall. She says in 2014, 32-million Americans were victims of skimming. abc27.com

West Virginia Attorney General Debuts Anti-Skimming Guidelines for Retailers
West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has gathered a list outlining how convenience stores and gas stations should protect consumers' financial information at the pump. The guidelines provide retailers with ways to eliminate skimmers at their locations. The guidelines recommend retailers replace factory locks on gasoline pumps with unique locks and keys, put in place a regular inspection process for pumps and record dispenser data frequently.

West Virginia isn't the only state to give attention to skimming at gas stations. Earlier this summer, Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed a law that would make it a felony to possess a skimming device. The law goes into effect Oct. 1. Last year, Florida enacted a law that requires retailers to have security measures in place to protect their pumps against skimmers. nacsonline.com

40 gas station skimmers discovered in Arizona this year

Seven things you can do to protect against ATM skimming


Eufaula, AL: Man arrested for stealing credit card info. through skimmer

Henry County, GA: Warning issued after skimmers found on ATMs

Seaford, DE: Two sought by police after skimming devices found at area gas station

Butler County, OH: 3 more credit card skimmers found at gas stations

Barrington, RI: Skimming device found inside bank's ATM

Glendale, AZ: Card skimmers found at gas stations

Vienna, VA: More Skimming Devices Found At Exxon Station

Prince William County, VA: Police find five ATM skimming devices in a week

West Boynton, FL: Skimming device found on gas pump

Collier, FL: Another skimmer device found at gas station

Huntsville, TX: Credit card skimmer found at gas station

Novato, CA: 3 Caught Putting Skimming Device On ATM

Van, TX: Skimmer devices found on gas pumps, police department is victim

Camarillo, CA: Three men caught in the act installing card skimmers

 

AM/ PM - Fresno, CA - Armed Robbery/ shot fired-no injuries
Best Pizza in Town - Cherokee County, SC - Burglary
C- Store- Atlanta, GA - Armed Robbery
C- Store - Jenks, OK - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Kokomo, IN - Armed Robbery
C-Store - North Little Rock, AR - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Abilene, TX - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Warren, OH - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Miami, FL - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Las Vegas, NV - Armed Robbery
Canton Nails - Canton, GA - Burglary
Dollar General - Shreveport, LA - Armed Robbery
Foothills Pharmacy - Valley Springs, CA - Burglary
Resale Shop - Broken Arrow, OK - Armed Robbery
Rite Aid - Bear, DE - Armed Robbery
Sally's Beauty - Sumter, SC - Armed Robbery
Shell - Mobile, AL - Armed Robbery
Speedway - Greenfield, PA - Robbery
Walgreens - Huntington Beach, CA - Robbery
7- Eleven - Baltimore, MD - Robbery
7- Eleven - Van Nuys, CA - Robbery
7-Eleven - Hamilton Township, NJ - Robbery
7-Eleven - Charlotte, NC - Armed Robbery/ shot fired/ no injuries


 

Daily Totals:
20 robberies
3 burglaries
2 shootings
0 killed


 



 



 


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